BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medical Policy Manual

Daunorubicin and Cytarabine Liposome for Injection

NDC CODE(S)

68727-0745-XX Vyxeos 44-100 MG Solution Reconstituted (JAZZ PHARMACEUTICALS)

DESCRIPTION

Daunorubicin and cytarabine liposome for injection is a combination of daunorubicin and cytarabine at a molar ratio of 1 to 5 encapsulated in liposomes for administration by intravenous infusion.  Daunorubicin is an anthracycline topoisomerase inhibitor.  Cytarabine is a nucleoside metabolic inhibitor.  At that particular fixed ratio, they work together synergistically at killing leukemia cells.  Daunorubicin inhibits DNA polymerase activity and produces DNA-damaging free radicals.  Cytarabine works as a cell cycle phase-specific antineoplastic agent during the S-phase of cell division.  Liposomes enter and re taken up by the bone marrow where they persist.  They appear to be taken up by leukemic cells more readily than normal bone marrow cells.  They then undergo degradation and release the daunorubicin and cytarabine within the bone marrow cellular environment. 

POLICY

MEDICAL APPROPRIATENESS

INITIAL APPROVAL

RENEWAL CRITERIA

INDICATION(S)

DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION

t-AML & AML-MRC

First Induction

·         daunorubicin 44 mg/m2 and cytarabine 100 mg/m2 liposome intravenously days 1, 3 and 5

Second induction

·         daunorubicin 44 mg/m2 and cytarabine 100 mg/m2 liposome intravenously days 1 and 3

  • Only for patients who fail to respond to the first induction cycle

  • May be administered 2 to 5 weeks after the first induction cycle if there was no unacceptable toxicity

Consolidation

·         daunorubicin 29 mg/m2 and cytarabine 65 mg/m2 liposome intravenously days 1 and 3

  • Administer the first consolidation cycle 5 to 8 weeks after the start of the last induction cycle

  • Administer the second consolidation cycle 5 to 8 weeks after the start of the first consolidation cycle if there was not unacceptable toxicity of disease progression

LENGTH OF AUTHORIZATION

Coverage will be provided for a maximum of 2 cycles of induction (5 doses total) and 2 cycles of consolidation (4 doses total) within 6 months. Coverage may not be renewed.

Refer to DOSAGE LIMITS below

APPLICABLE TENNESSEE STATE MANDATE REQUIREMENT

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s Medical Policy complies with Tennessee Code Annotated Section 56-7-2352 regarding coverage of off-label indications of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drugs when the off-label use is recognized in one of the statutorily recognized standard reference compendia or in the published peer-reviewed medical literature.

IMPORTANT REMINDER

We develop Medical Policies to provide guidance to Members and Providers.  This Medical Policy relates only to the services or supplies described in it.  The existence of a Medical Policy is not an authorization, certification, explanation of benefits or a contract for the service (or supply) that is referenced in the Medical Policy.  For a determination of the benefits that a Member is entitled to receive under his or her health plan, the Member's health plan must be reviewed.  If there is a conflict between the Medical Policy and a health plan, the express terms of the health plan will govern.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

For appropriate chemotherapy regimens, dosage information, contraindications, precautions, warnings, and monitoring information, please refer to one of the standard reference compendia (e.g., the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) published by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network®, Drugdex Evaluations of Micromedex Solutions at Truven Health, or The American Hospital Formulary Service Drug Information).

SOURCES

Lexi-Comp Online. (2019). AHFS DI. DAUNOrubicin and Cytarabine. Retrieved August 15, 2019 from Lexi-Comp Online with AHFS.

MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series. Drugdex Drug Evaluations. (May, 2019). DAUNORUBICIN AND CYTARABINE, LIPOSOME.  Retrieved August 15, 2019 from MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network. (2019). NCCN Drugs & Biologics Compendium®. Cytarabine/daunorubicin liposome. Retrieved August 15, 2019 from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

U. S. Food and Drug Administration. (2017, August). Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. VYXEOS™ (daunorubicin and cytarabine) liposome for injection, for intravenous use. Retrieved August 14, 2019 from https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2017/209401s000lbl.pdf.

ORIGINAL EFFECTIVE DATE: 9/12/2017

MOST RECENT REVIEW DATE:  10/8/2019

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DOSAGE LIMITS

Maximum billable units per dose and over time by indication as a Medical Benefit

1 billable unit = 1 mg daunorubicin and 2.27 mg cytarabine

DIAGNOSIS

MAXIMUM UNITS

t-AML & AML-MRC

Induction: 132 billable units per  dose (3 vials per dose; 5 doses total)

Consolidation: 88 billable units per dose (2 vials per dose; 4 doses total)